Leslie Yolen lives and works in rural Albany County, New York. She has worked predominantly in clay until recently when painting and sculpture became her favored mediums. She earned a BFA from Bennington College, a MS in Visual Arts Education from the College of Saint Rose and continues to study with renowned artists in workshop settings. Her career in arts education has provided a broad perspective in how meaning is made from the visual experience, and what that contributes to our shared humanity.
Leslie recently retired from her position as the Arts Education Associate at the New York State Education Department’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction. Prior to working with NYSED, Leslie taught Visual Art in the public schools. Previously, she held several artist residencies in the schools and operated a successful art studio business while directing a cooperative fine arts and craft gallery. When not in her studio, she spends time in her glorious gardens and is now designing gardens for others to enjoy.